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Recession Forces Amherst Business to Close Doors

stocksNORTHAMPTON, Mass. (wggb) — A business that has served the Pioneer Valley for decades is closing its doors for good. And now thirty people are looking for jobs.

Amherst Woodworking has been in business for 38 years and for owner David Short it’s been a labor of love.

“I started it in 1975 working by myself in a rented shed or building up in North Amherst. And the business just kind of grew over the years,” explains David.

The business has seen it’s share of peaks and valleys but the latest recession has taken it’s toll.

“We actually had a pretty good year in 2008, and then the bubble burst,” says David. “Since then we’ve lost money.”

Although the market is improving David couldn’t see Amherst Woodworking making a fast enough recovery to survive.

Even while losing money, David made sure the business was up to date with their suppliers and their taxes, an unusual achievement for a struggling business. But it’s one that David can be proud of. He’ll meet all of his obligations and complete his current contracts before the business closes for good.

While David is ready to move on, he has two messages for his customers. The first of which was a heartfelt thank you, and the second was a promise.

“We’re known for very high quality work that you can’t necessarily just get anywhere, and it depends on the kind of work. And we will help those people find other places to get the work that they used to get from us,” explained David.

David also believes that his employees will land on their feet, several already have new jobs lined up.